After the gales of the last week, the wind dropped to nothing on Tuesday 30
Nov as Jim arrived into a warm and sunny Lanzarote from a freezing England
blissfully unaware that Puerto Calero had 4 days of 40 knot winds and
skudding clouds. Final provisioning, then team dinner of paella at one of
the many restaurants round the marina, and early Wednesday filling up with
our last reliable diesel and set off.
We decided to go west of Fuertoventura to avoid being in the lee, then
regretted that decision when the Atlantic swell hit the mild wind
acceleration zone between the two islands, but at midday we were progressing
nicely at 6.3 knots in 13 knot winds. Cap Verdes are SW of Canaries as
Africa bulges out, and we have a weather forecast for a nasty storm on
Saturday night when the best trac seems to be close to the African shore -
not too close as we want to avoid fishing boats as much as possible. Deby
and Jim are getting up to speed with Intrepid's controls, and we have run
through the safety briefing.